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Cops ‘used unlawful force’ on Curti: court

Posted on 01/31/2019 | in 深圳桑拿网 | by

Four police officers involved in the fatal pursuit of Brazilian student Roberto Curti in Sydney’s CBD used “unnecessary, excessive and unlawful force” against him, a court has heard.

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Mr Curti, 21, died in the early hours of March 18, 2012, after a chase and violent struggle with police in which he was tasered, handcuffed, hit with capsicum spray and knelt on.

Policemen Scott James Edmondson and Daniel David Barling have been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm while Chin Aun Lim and Damian John Ralph face the charge of assault.

All four have pleaded not guilty.

On the opening day of a four-week hearing, prosecutor Cate Dodds on Monday said Mr Curti became increasingly afraid and erratic after taking the drug LSD with two friends on the night of March 17, 2012.

By the early hours of the morning, Mr Curti was seen running around the city before going to a convenience store and stealing two packets of Tim Tams.

After a triple zero call, police initially described the biscuit theft over the radio as an armed robbery involving two men.

Mr Curti was eventually spotted by police who began chasing him along Pitt Street at about 6am.

He was dressed in blue jeans and had no shirt and no shoes on.

When police caught him, Ms Dodds said Lim successfully deployed his Taser at Mr Curti causing him to fall to the ground.

What happened next, she said was “unnecessary, excessive and unlawful”.

As Mr Curti lay handcuffed on the ground, surrounded by cops, Lim discharged his Taser for a second time.

Meanwhile Barling, the court heard, used the Taser’s “drive-stun mode” on five separate occasions, while Edmondson used his twice.

Mr Curti was also hit with capsicum spray by Ralph, Ms Dodds said.

The cause of Mr Curti’s death is undetermined but he was unable to be resuscitated at the scene.

The hearing continues on Tuesday.

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